Day 3 of the #yourturnchallenge asks us to blog about something that we think should be improved.

For me, it’s communication.

Without good quality communication, misunderstandings and conflict occur.

So, what is good communication.  Some may say expressing your thoughts and feelings.  Yes. But, for me, the most important part of communication is listening.  Not listening and thinking about what point you are going to make next, but  r e a l l y   l i s t e n i n g.  Setting aside thoughts on:

  • what I am going to say next
  • how this relates to something to do with me (autobiographical thoughts)
  • how to solve this person’s problem

By just listening we are able to build empathy for the speaker.  Empathy leads to better understanding, and less conflict.  I think active listening would help our relationships on a local level, and also improve global issues as well.  To quote one of my facebook friends, who just posted this today, “much of the world’s problem today is that the decision has been made that it is easier to fight against those who believe differently than we do rather than try to understand and accept them.”

About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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